What would I speak about if I had just one hour to speak with a bunch of oldsters? The risks of failing to disciple their children? Techniques, strategies, and instruments for residence discipleship? Marriage?
As essential as every of these is, I wouldn’t hit on any of them if I had just one hour. Instead, here’s what I might do.
I might spend the primary 55 minutes speaking about loving God.
You learn that proper. I might spend nearly all of my time speaking about loving God, with out even mentioning parenting. Why? Because it’s what God Himself centered on, in what’s extensively thought of an important residence discipleship passage within the Bible:
4 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. 7 Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates. — Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (CSB)
This passage is six verses long. Half of them address the parents’ relationship with God without reference to kids. The prerequisite for home discipleship is that the parent recognizes the unique glory of God (v. 4), loves God fully (v. 5), and cherishes Scripture (v. 6). Without this, nothing else matters. A parent can have the greatest techniques, methods, tools, and be consistent from day one. But if love for God is not driving discipleship, it is not discipleship. It is information transfer. And that is not what we are after. The devil knows doctrine. Discipleship is helping someone else love God as we have come to love Him. This is why Jesus said that Deuteronomy 6:5 is the greatest commandment in Scripture (see Matthew 22:34-40).
My goal, then, would be to draw the attention of every parent in that room to how amazing God is. Maybe some are newer to the faith and still coming to understand God’s glory. Maybe others have been Christians for decades and perhaps have become “too familiar” with God. I might need to assist everybody, together with me, take a step again and sit amazed within the presence of our holy God. To recall that the Creator is aware of us and loves us. That He slaughtered His personal Son in order that we may be forgiven of our sins. That in Christ, we’re absolutely accepted by Him. That we are going to spend eternity worshiping, serving, and delighting in God. Like the church at Ephesus, I might need everybody to recollect our old flame (see Revelation 2:1-7).
I might spend the final 5 minutes speaking about residence discipleship being a present.
Then, with our affections stirred anew for God, I might need to reposition residence discipleship in these hearts and minds of the mother and father. While residence discipleship is a accountability, that isn’t how we should always see it. It is an obligation, however additionally it is a privilege. It’s a present.
Home discipleship is extra easy than we make it out to be: it’s a mum or dad sharing what she or he loves with a toddler she or he loves. I might need the mother and father to understand the simplicity and great thing about residence discipleship. We don’t have to share the gospel with our children, we get to. We get to level our children to the best good, God, Himself. Sharing a love for sports activities, or motion pictures, or meals, or hobbies, or anything with our children is nice. None of those are seen as chores. But all of them pale compared to sharing God with our children.
So when the clock rolls from 0:59 to 1:00, my hope could be that each mum or dad leaves in awe of God and keen to speak along with his or her children about Him. Those different particulars are essential, however they’ll all work out. If the mum or dad is motivated.
Brian Dembowczyk served within the native church ministry for over 16 years. Brian earned an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his household reside in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.